Hyderabad: A Hyderabad-based bookie and his gang of punters, who went innovative by placing bets on the ongoing IPL cricket matches on WhatsApp and made payments via Paytm, were arrested by the police here on Wednesday.
The Commissioner’s Task Force (East) team that busted the betting racket has seized Rs 10.8lakh from the gang. According to the police, it was based on a tip-off that the team arrested P Rajender Reddy (30), S Srikanth (29), B Sai Kumar (28), B Bhaskar (27), Mahender (26), T Sravan Kumar (26), Krishna and (37), Nagesh (28). Two others, Lucky Gaja (30) and Gajanand, are absconding.
The main organiser cum bookie P Rajender Reddy, police said, had created a WhatsApp group and added his regular punters into the group after collecting a joining fee of Rs 500 from each of them. The transactions were mostly done through Paytm.
“Reddy would announce a ratio of bets on WhatsApp as the match progresses and the punters would bet their stakes. The money would be transferred to their accounts through Paytm to the bookies or the punters as well,” said N Koti Reddy, Additional DCP Task Force.
Reddy had created three such Whatsapp groups with all the member punters being from the city. The gang was organising cricket betting for last two years but ventured on to Whatsapp and Paytm recently, police said, adding that earlier, they were doing it over telephones by setting up different lines.
Rajender Reddy is a resident of Hydershah Kota in Hyderabad and had met Lucky Gaja through Gajananda of Karwan. The police caught Reddy and the others after raiding a house in Parsigutta of Musheerabad on Wednesday. Efforts are on to nab Lucky Gaja and Gajanand.
The police seized Rs 10.80 lakh, one LED monitor, one laptop, 17 mobile phones and five notebooks with details of the bets from them. All those caught were handed over to Musheerabad police station for further investigation.